Bahner, Gert, German conductor; b. Neuwiese, March 26, 1930. He was educated at the Leipzig Hoch-schule für Musik. In 1957 he made his debut at the Berlin Komische Oper. From 1958 to 1962 he was music director in Potsdam, and then Generalmusikdirektor of Karl-Marx-Stadt (1962–65). In 1965 he became first conductor of the Berlin Komische Oper, and in 1969 its music director. In 1973 he became music director of the Leipzig Opera. In 1983 he settled in (East) Berlin as an opera conductor; also taught at the Hochschule für Musik.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire